2012 University Press Books

 

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500-599 Pure Science


500-549 Math, Astronomy, Physics, Chemistry

550-599 Earth and Life Science, Plants, Animals        
   

500-549 Math, Astronomy, Physics, Chemistry


508.51

Glover, Denise M., et al. (Editors)

Explorers and Scientists in China's Borderlands, 1880-1950

320 pp., 6" x 9", 71 illustrations, 3 maps, notes, glossary, bibliography, index, $75.00 cloth, $35.00 paper, CIP included

November 2011

University of Washington Press

The scientists and explorers profiled in this engaging study of pioneering Euro-American exploration of late imperial and Republican China range from botanists to ethnographers to missionaries. Although a diverse lot, all believed in objective, progressive, and universally valid science; a close association between scientific and humanistic knowledge; a lack of conflict between science and faith; and the union of the natural world and the world of "nature people." Explorers and Scientists in China's Borderlands examines their cultural and personal assumptions while emphasizing their remarkable lives, and considers their contributions to a body of knowledge that has important contemporary significance.

LC 2011014511, ISBN 9780295991177 (c.), ISBN 9780295991184 (p.)

PLR: RS


508.79

Waring, Gwendolyn L.

A Natural History of the Intermountain West: Its Ecological and Evolutionary Story

240 pp., 7" x 10", 45 color plates, 49 figures, 6 tables, index, $29.95 paper, CIP included

February 2011

The University of Utah Press

A Natural History of the Intermountain West takes a fresh look at the natural history of the southern Rockies and the Intermountain Region based on cutting-edge research, interviews with numerous scientists, and the author's personal experience. The first book of its kind for this region, it is written to inform people about the wild world around us, with the idea that we all crave a connection to the natural world to ground us and give us a sense of place. A passionate, humanistic, and scientific treatment of the area's ecosystems, it is a wonderful guide for the general public and scientists alike.

LC 2010039654, ISBN 9781607810285 (p.)

AASL: G/HS

PLR: RS


509

Nielsen, Michael

Reinventing Discovery: The New Era of Networked Science

272 pp., 6 1/8" x 9 1/4", 6 halftones, 8 line illustrations, $24.95 cloth, CIP included

November 2011

Princeton University Press

"[Nielsen] presents a clear vision of science's future and challenges us to bring it to fruition....Both captivating and enlightening, this book is recommended for general readers or specialists interested in how online collaboration tools, open data policies, and networked science might benefit the future of science and humanity."—Library Journal. "[A] thought-provoking call to arms."—Nature. This is a book for anyone who wants to understand how the online world is revolutionizing scientific discovery today—and why the revolution is just beginning.

LC 2011020248, ISBN 9780691148908 (c.)

PLR: G


509.2

Geymonat, Mario

(Translated by R. Alden Smith)

The Great Archimedes

125 pp., 5 1/2" x 8 1/2", $24.95 paper, CIP included

January 2011

Baylor University Press

In this exclusive English edition of the elucidating and award-winning investigation of Archimedes' life...Geymonat provides fresh insights into one of the greatest minds in the history of humankind. Archimedes...was a mathematician, physicist, scientist, and engineer [and]...an inventor par excellence. He not only explored the displacement of water and sand, worked out the principle of levers, developed an approximation of pi, discovered ways to determine the areas and volumes of solids, and invented the monumental Archimedes' screw...Archimedes also developed machinery that his fellow Syracusans successfully employed to defend their native city against the Romans....This wonderfully illustrated and multifarious book is enriched by numerous quotations and testimonies from ancient sources.

LC 2010038746, ISBN 9781602583115 (p.)

AASL: G/HS

PLR: G


520

Hockey, Thomas

How We See the Sky: A Naked-Eye Tour of Day and Night

224 pp., 6" x 9", 66 halftones, $60.00 cloth, $20.00 paper, CIP included

October 2011

The University of Chicago Press

How We See the Sky gives us back our knowledge of the sky, offering a fascinating overview of what can be seen there without the aid of a telescope.

LC 2011003355, ISBN 9780226345765 (c.), ISBN 9780226345772 (p.)

AASL: O/HS

PLR: G


523.1

Weintraub, David A.

How Old Is the Universe?

384 pp., 6 1/8" x 9 1/4", 46 halftones, 76 line illustrations, $29.95 cloth, CIP included

January 2011

Princeton University Press

"Highly recommended."—Library Journal. "This detective story is magnificently presented. The professional astronomer-author writes in an interesting, organized, and very readable way, presenting this chronology of the quest to answer one of the most challenging questions in astronomy."—Choice. "Weintraub has a gift for presenting complicated matters in a lucid and understandable way by employing clever analogies....[A] welcome contribution to the popular literature on astronomy....It offers a scientifically competent and impressively informative account of how astronomers and physicists have unveiled the secrets of the universe."—American Scientist

LC 2010009117, ISBN 9780691147314 (c.)

AASL: G/HS

PLR: S


523.24

Jayawardhana, Ray

Strange New Worlds: The Search for Alien Planets and Life beyond Our Solar System

272 pp., 5 1/2" x 8 1/2", 3 halftones, 25 line illustrations, 4 tables, $24.95 cloth

February 2011

Princeton University Press

"[R]eading Strange New Worlds, I felt the thrill of briefly sharing in the efforts of these planet-seeking scientists and seeing the universe through their eyes."—Wall Street Journal. "An exciting, highly readable glimpse into a discovery that could have broad scientific and cultural implications."—PublishersWeekly.com. "In Strange New Worlds, astronomer and one-time journalist Ray Jayawardhana surveys how 15 years of exoplanet discovery has changed astrophysics....Jayawardhana's presentation of the research is remarkably even-handed....His lucid and effortless prose makes for an engaging read."—Nature

LC 2010940350, ISBN 9780691142548 (c.)

PLR: G


530

Lindenfeld, Peter and Suzanne White Brahmia

Physics: The First Science

366 pp., 7" x 10", 424 illustrations, $72.00 paper, CIP included

April 2011

Rutgers University Press

Today's physics textbooks have become encyclopedic, offering students dry discussions, rote formulas, and exercises with little relation to the real world. Physics: The First Science offers uniquely accessible, student-friendly explanations, historical and philosophical perspectives and mathematics in easy-to-comprehend dialogue. It emphasizes the unity of physics and its place as the basis for all science. With their experience instructing both students and teachers of physics for decades, Peter Lindenfeld and Suzanne White Brahmia have developed an algebra-based physics book with features to help readers see the physics in their lives.

LC 2010021009, ISBN 9780813549378 (p.)

AASL: G/HS, P

PLR: G


530.091

Calaprice, Alice (Editor)

With a foreword by Freeman Dyson

The Ultimate Quotable Einstein

608 pp., 4 1/2" x 7 3/8", 27 halftones, $24.95 cloth, CIP included

January 2011

Princeton University Press

Praise for previous editions: "All of us who lack Einstein's intellectual and spiritual gifts owe a debt of gratitude to Princeton University Press for having humanized him in this innovative way."—The New York Times Book Review. This is the definitive new edition of the hugely popular collection of Einstein quotations that has sold tens of thousands of copies worldwide and been translated into twenty-five languages. The Ultimate Quotable Einstein features 400 additional quotes, bringing the total to roughly 1,600 in all. This ultimate edition includes new sections, as well as a chronology of Einstein's life and accomplishments.

LC 2010002855, ISBN 9780691138176 (c.)

AASL: G/HS

PLR: G


530.12

Ford, Kenneth W.

101 Quantum Questions: What You Need to Know About the World You Can't See

304 pp., 6 1/8" x 8 1/2", 39 halftones, 64 line illustrations, 9 tables, index, bibliography, $24.95 cloth, CIP included

February 2011

Harvard University Press

This reader-friendly, richly illustrated book provides an engaging overview of quantum physics, from "big ideas" like probability and uncertainty and conservation laws to the behavior of quarks and photons and neutrinos, and on to explanations of how a laser works and why black holes evaporate.

LC 2010034791, ISBN 9780674050990 (c.)

AASL: O/HS

PLR: G


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550-599 Earth and Life Science, Plants, Animals


570.72

Canfield, Michael R. (Editor)

Field Notes on Science & Nature

320 pp., 6 3/8" x 9 1/4", 87 color illustrations, 43 halftones, index, bibliography, $27.95 cloth, CIP included

October 2011

Harvard University Press

Pioneering a new niche in the study of plants and animals in their natural habitat, Field Notes on Science & Nature allows readers to peer over the shoulders and into the notebooks of a dozen eminent field workers, to study firsthand their observational methods, materials, and fleeting impressions.

LC 2011005780, ISBN 9780674057579 (c.)

AASL: S/P

PLR: S


576.799

Ruse, Michael and Joseph Travis (Editors)

Evolution: The First Four Billion Years

1008 pp., 6 3/8" x 10", 145 figures, index, bibliography, $44.00 cloth, $24.95 paper, CIP included

October 2011

Belknap Press of Harvard University Press

Spanning evolutionary science from its inception to its latest findings, from discoveries and data to philosophy and history, this book is the most complete, authoritative, and inviting one-volume introduction to evolutionary biology available.

LC 2008030270, ISBN 9780674031753 (c.), ISBN 9780674062214 (p.)

AASL: S/P

PLR: S


576.8

Rogers, Alan R.

The Evidence for Evolution

128 pp., 6" x 9", 10 halftones, 27 line drawings, 3 tables, $45.00 cloth, $18.00 paper, CIP included

June 2011

The University of Chicago Press

With The Evidence for Evolution, Alan R. Rogers provides an elegant straightforward text that details the evidence for evolution.

LC 2010037299, ISBN 9780226723808 (c.), ISBN 9780226723822 (p.)

AASL: G/P

PLR: S


577.276

Bradley, Raymond S.

Global Warming and Political Intimidation: How Politicians Cracked Down on Scientists as the Earth Heated Up

184 pp., 6" x 9", index, recommended reading, $80.00 cloth, $19.95 paper, CIP included

June 2011

University of Massachusetts Press

"Ray Bradley is one of the scientific heroes of the fight to slow global warming—and so, like many other researchers, he's taken endless lumps from the industry-funded pols trying desperately to delay action. His story is both fascinating and cautionary—about not just our planetary climate, but our political one as well."—Bill McKibben. "At a time when scientists need to become better advocates for the integrity of science itself, it is heartening to read this clear-headed and compelling account from Raymond Bradley. Anyone interested in the politics and science of global warming should read this book."—Chris Mooney

LC 2011010043, ISBN 9781558498686 (c.), ISBN 9781558498693 (p.)

AASL: G/P

PLR: S


577.51

Hinrichsen, Don

The Atlas of Coasts and Oceans: Ecosystems, Threatened Resources, Marine Conservation

128 pp., 9 3/4" x 7 1/2", 115 color plates, $55.00 cloth, $22.00 paper, CIP included

June 2011

The University of Chicago Press

The Atlas of Coasts and Oceans is a fascinating and often sobering account of how urbanization, climate change, offshore oil drilling, shipping, over-fishing, loss of marine biodiversity, global tourism and maritime conflict have had a profound impact on the world's oceans and coasts.

LC 2011006227, ISBN 9780226342252 (c.), ISBN 9780226342269 (p.)

AASL: O/HS, P

PLR: S


578.42

Seidl, Amy

Finding Higher Ground: Adaptation in the Age of Warming

216 pp., 5 1/2" x 8 1/2", $24.95 cloth, $16.00 paper, CIP included

June 2011

Beacon Press

Drawing on an emerging body of scientific research, Seidl brings us stories of adaptation from the natural world and from human communities. She offers examples of how plants, insects, birds, and mammals are already adapting both behaviorally and genetically. Within ten years, one plant species in a drought-stricken area has evolved to fit its life cycle into the shorter growing season....And some birds are migrating shorter distances, or not at all, as their northern habitats become milder. In looking at climate change as an opportunity to establish new cultural norms, Seidl's perspective inspires readers to move beyond loss and offers a refreshing call to evolve.

LC 2010050223, ISBN 9780807085981 (c.), ISBN 9780807084991 (p.)

AASL: O/MS, HS

PLR: S, G, O


578.769

Warne, Kennedy

Let Them Eat Shrimp: The Tragic Disappearance of the Rainforests of the Sea

190 pp., 6" x 9", four-color insert, bibliography, index, $25.95 cloth, CIP included

March 2011

Island Press

In Let Them Eat Shrimp, Kennedy Warne takes readers into the muddy battle zone that is the mangrove forest. A tangle of snaking roots and twisted trunks, mangroves are often dismissed as foul wastelands. In fact, they are natural storm barriers, carbon sinks, and supermarkets of the sea—and they are being bulldozed to make way for shrimp farms and coastal development. A longtime journalist, Warne now captures the insatiability of these industries and the magic of the mangroves. His vivid account will make every reader pause before ordering the shrimp.

LC 2010043183, ISBN 9781597266833 (c.)

PLR: S


582

Gibbons, Bob

Wildflower Wonders: The 50 Best Wildflower Sites in the World

192 pp., 8 1/2" x 10", 200 color illustrations, $27.95 cloth

November 2011

Princeton University Press

"This stunningly beautiful book provides a wealth of information about when and where to see the world's most impressive displays of wildflowers. The text is a pleasure to read and readily conveys the author's enthusiasm for his subject. Wildflower lovers will be easily seduced by the vast flower-filled landscapes and intimate portraits of individual species. I can think of no other book like it."—Carol Gracie, coauthor of Wildflowers in the Field and Forest. Showcases the most spectacular wild flowerings on the planet. Features 200 full-color photos. Describes noteworthy flower species, ecology, conservation status, and animal life. Includes color maps and at-a-glance information panels.

LC 2011922613, ISBN 9780691152295 (c.)

AASL: O/MS, HS, P

PLR: O


587.309

Neyland, Ray

A Field Guide to the Ferns and Lycophytes of Louisiana

104 pp., 5 1/2" x 8 1/2", 58 color photographs, 18 line drawings, bibliography, index, $24.95 paper, CIP included

April 2011

Louisiana State University Press

Botanist Ray Neyland's stunning reference guide to the beauty and science of Louisiana's ferns and lycophytes includes illustrations and full-color photographs accompanying a complete description of more than 60 varieties. In addition to providing the geographic range, similar species, and traditional and current uses, Neyland's guide follows the spread of ferns and lycophytes into areas of eastern Texas, southern Arkansas, and Mississippi. Overall Neyland's guide is an engaging reference for all levels of interest and expertise.

LC 2010038288, ISBN 9780807137857 (p.)

AASL: RS/P

PLR: RS


595.76

Li, Judith L. and Michael T. Barbour (Editors)

Wading for Bugs: Exploring Streams with the Experts

160 pp., 5 1/2" x 8 1/2", line drawings, glossary, index, $19.95 paper, CIP included

November 2011

Oregon State University Press

Wading for Bugs invites readers to experience—through the eyes of scientists—the wonders of stream insects. Nearly two dozen biologists share their memorable encounters with aquatic bugs in this lively and informative volume. The contributors work in diverse environments—from arctic to desert, mountain streams to river valleys. A general summary introduces each insect order, and elegant drawings accompany each account, along with life history and habitat information. "The intent of this book is fun and original—particularly so since the topic of aquatic invertebrates is relatively unexplored and uncelebrated."—Sharman Apt Russell, author of An Obsession with Butterflies

LC 2011029079, ISBN 9780870716089 (p.)

AASL: S/MS, HS

PLR: S


597

Mattison, Chris

Frogs and Toads of the World

192 pp., 7 1/2" x 10", 200 color illustrations, $29.95 cloth

June 2011

Princeton University Press

"Naturalist and author-photographer Mattison has once again produced an excellent book related to his specialization in amphibians and reptiles. This volume is a colorful, entertaining overview of many of the nearly 6,000 species of frogs worldwide....All chapters are superbly illustrated with high-quality color photographs not frequently seen in books on animals."—Choice. "This is an overview of one of the most baffling, diverse and astonishing of all animal groups."—Cathy Taibbi, Examiner, National Wildlife Conservation. A comprehensive guide to the natural history of frogs and toads. Two hundred stunning color photographs. Covers each of the 49 unique frog families.

LC 2010932660, ISBN 9780691149684 (c.)

AASL: O/MS, HS

PLR: O


597

Weis, Judith S.

Do Fish Sleep?: Fascinating Answers to Questions about Fishes

217 pp., 5 1/2" x 8 1/2", 59 illustrations, $21.95 paper, CIP included

March 2011

Rutgers University Press

Do Fish Sleep? is organized in an easy-to-read and accessible question-and-answer format, filled with more than 55 photographs and over 100 interesting facts from fish biology basics to the importance of preserving and restoring fish diversity and healthy populations. A captivating read for fish enthusiasts of all ages-naturalists, environmentalists, aquarists, scuba divers, and students-this is also the perfect primer for those just about to get their feet wet.

LC 2010017320, ISBN 9780813549415 (p.)

AASL: O/MS, HS, P

PLR: S


597.097

Tomelleri, Joseph R. and Mark E. Eberle

Fishes of the Central United States

Second Edition, Revised and Expanded

192 pp., 7" x 10", 250 color illustrations, $39.95 cloth, $24.95 paper, CIP included

October 2011

University Press of Kansas

The greatly expanded second edition of a book hailed by In-Fishermen as "magnificent...the finest, most comprehensive book on the fishes of the central United States." "Joseph Tomelleri is the best fish illustrator I've ever seen. Period. His handling of natural detail, scientific accuracy, and aesthetic elegance is nothing short of incredible. An artistic tour de force. Wow!"—Gary Soucie, Audubon

LC 2011014245, ISBN 9780700618156 (c.), ISBN 9780700618163 (p.)

PLR: RS


597.967

Dorcas, Michael E. and John D. Willson

Invasive Pythons in the United States: Ecology of an Introduced Predator

176 pp., 7 1/2" x 10", 188 color photographs, 8 maps, 1 table, 7 figures, index, $24.95 paper, CIP included

October 2011

University of Georgia Press

The first detailed, comprehensive study of these giant snakes in an introduced environment, Invasive Pythons in the United States provides the most reliable, up-to-date, and scientifically grounded information on these fascinating reptiles and their troubling presence among us. "Well researched, well illustrated, and well timed."—Edward O. Wilson, Harvard University

LC 2011012850, ISBN 9780820338354 (p.)

AASL: G/MS, HS

PLR: S


598.097

Crossley, Richard

The Crossley ID Guide: Eastern Birds

528 pp., 7 3/8" x 9 3/4", 640 color illustrations, $35.00 cloth

March 2011

Princeton University Press

"What's so different about the Crossley ID Guide? Everything....If you want to be a better birder you will find the new Crossley ID Guide to be [a] major innovation and a valuable tool."—Audubon.org. "[Richard Crossley] tries to squeeze in as much reality as he can onto every printed page....Why put such images in an identification guide? Crossley calls it reality birding. He believes that you can become a better birder by studying the distant birds and comparing them to the larger close-up images."—American Scientist

LC 2010934303, ISBN 9780691147789 (c.)

AASL: O/MS, HS, P

PLR: O


598.156

Goodfellow, Peter

Avian Architecture: How Birds Design, Engineer, and Build

160 pp., 8" x 10", 300 color illustrations, $27.95 cloth

June 2011

Princeton University Press

"I live in a nice clapboard house and work in a gleaming steel-and-glass skyscraper, but after reading Avian Architecture I feel cheated. I'll never get to enjoy the comforts of the nest of a long-tailed tit."—The New York Times. "The book is chockablock full of detail presented in a very accessible way."—Audubon.org. "A must have book."—Birder's Report. Illustrates how birds around the world design, engineer, and build their nests. Features architectural blueprints, step-by-step sequences, visual spreads on nest-building materials and methods, and expert commentary. Includes 300 full-color images. Covers more than 100 bird species worldwide.

LC 2010937849, ISBN 9780691148496 (c.)

AASL: G/HS, P

PLR: O


598.470

Strycker, Noah

Among Penguins: A Bird Man in Antarctica

223 pp., 6" x 9", color photographs, maps, index, $19.95 paper, CIP included

April 2011

Oregon State University Press

The year he graduated from college, twenty-two year-old Noah Strycker was dropped by helicopter in a remote Antarctic field camp with two other bird scientists and a three-month supply of frozen food. His subjects: more than a quarter-million Ad<0x00E9>lie penguins. Strycker weaves a captivating tale of penguins and their researchers on the coldest, driest, highest, and windiest continent on Earth. "Noah Strycker is going places, and he is taking us along for the ride. There is something fundamentally sunny about Among Penguins. This book will be a fan favorite for years to come."—Birding

LC 2010049245, ISBN 9780870716294 (p.)

AASL: O/MS, HS

PLR: S


599.5

Nicklin, Charles "Flip"

Among Giants: A Life with Whales

192 pp., 11" x 9", 150 color plates, $40.00 cloth, CIP included

April 2011

The University of Chicago Press

Among Giants is the story of Charles "Flip" Nicklin's life and career, from his first ill-equipped shoot in the mid-1970s through his long association with the National Geographic Society to his present role as founder of the nonprofit conservation group, Whale Trust. Nicklin's breathtaking images are combined with firsthand accounts of their making, highlighting the importance of conservation and our new understanding of whale behavior.

LC 2010029430, ISBN 9780226580999 (c.)

AASL: O/HS, P

PLR: S


599.547

Ellis, Richard

The Great Sperm Whale: A Natural History of the Ocean's Most Magnificent and Mysterious Creature

368 pp., 7" x 10", 122 photographs-25 in color, $34.95 cloth, CIP included

April 2011

University Press of Kansas

An immensely engaging and profusely illustrated natural history of the sperm whale. "At once a richly detailed, informative, scientific exploration as well as a love sonnet to the ocean's greatest leviathan. A superb addition to Ellis's canon."—Library Journal

LC 2010048266, ISBN 9780700617722 (c.)

AASL: S/P

PLR: S


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